To honor the Chinese zodiac calendar’s year of the Metal Buffalo, luxury watch brand Arnold & Son introduced a stunning new 8-piece production of the Perpetual Moon “Year of the Ox.” The watch’s glittering hematite dial features a majestic golden buffalo. It is perfectly stationed beneath an oversized mother-of-pearl moon.
Golden and glittering by day, the luminous, hand-painted scene truly comes alive at night. Therefore, the refined timepiece series by Arnold & Son beautifully perfectly expresses the expertise and artistry of the famous Swiss watchmaker. Also, it confirms their ongoing drive to explore rare minerals.
Arnold & Son installs their large moon in the night-sky. Hence, this placement forms the dial of this exceptional, luxury timepiece. In a large aperture, a disc turns to show us the various phases of the heavenly body. As a result, the appearance showcases its crescent and light.
The shadows of this mother-of-pearl moon have been hand-painted and coated with Super-LumiNova. By day, it appears almost pure white. Alas in the dark, it appears lit from within and new details appear to emerge. Plus, the constellations on the disc also receives this hand-painted, luminous treatment.
The majestic ox proudly stands posed at the 6 o’clock position, under the celestial light of the immense moon. The ox traditionally symbolizes conciliation, dialogue, and fertile abundance. As a result, these qualities are ideally expressed in this stoic, yet serene animal figure.
Arnold & Son continues to make the most of the unlimited textures and materials found in the natural world. As a result, following the obsidian and aventurine Perpetual Moon editions, spectacular hematite has been chosen for this dial. For this reason, it’s laminated in successive layers. The result produces a brilliant surface that is naturally smooth and shiny.
Due to their iron composition, the silvery flakes of all hematites bring variety to its otherwise totally black appearance. These gorgeous, glittering specks have also been incorporated into the double-faced alligator-skin strap. Lastly, the black outer face has been flake-speckled and embellished with genuine platinum (Pt950) thread stitching.
In the background, a storytelling scene unfolds. For example, each hand-painted Pagodas with gold powder, stands in the distance. Hence, they appear in the dark as if lit from within. Here too, hand painted Super-LumiNova brings life to these windows. The end result is making the Perpetual Moon appear to be inhabited.
Arnold & Son is named after John Arnold, English watchmaker of the 18th century. Armold is renowned for his ingenuity and work on marine chronometers. Arnold & Son perpetuates today his legacy, exploring contemporary ways to interpret traditional watch craftsmanship. Arnold & Son develops its timepieces in-house, including its complicated calibers.
Similar to all the movements by Arnold & Son, all stages of the watch development occurred at the brand’s Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Manufacture based in La Chaux-de-Fonds is the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry. The hand-wound mechanical caliber A&S1512 was entirely developed, produced, assembled, decorated, adjusted, and fully assembled there. This caliber is housed within a 42mm 18 karat red gold case.
In addition, the caliber is based on a large barrel with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz. Thus it offers a 90-hour power reserve. The moon-phase display of this movement will remain accurate for 122 years. Then the deviation becomes only one day from the actual appearance of the moon in the night-sky. Amazing!
The House established iconic collections such as the Time Pyramid with its unique architecture and the Nebula featuring a fully skeletonized movement. Continuing, the HM Perpetual Moon displays one of the biggest moon phases on the market. Plus, the Globetrotter features an impressive three-dimensional worldtimer.
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